19 Mitsubishi Lancer Alaskan Travel 14 DesertSTAR W Your Community News SOURCE 2 Editorial Opinion October 11, 2012 • E E K Vol. 6 No. 41 Congressional Candidates Square Off at Debate Editorial...page 2 • L PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Desert Hot Springs, CA PERMIT NO 00005 Y www.desertstarweekly.com Valley Business Growth on the Rise DHS and Indio Lead the Pack By Jackie Devereaux Candidate Dr. Raul Ruiz Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Civic Leaders and Board Chart Cabot’s future by DSW Staff Writer DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA- Elected officials, city staffers and Cabot’s Museum Board of Directors met over two days last weekend to conduct strategic planning for the facility over the next three to five years. Among areas covered were existing buildings, newly planned Cabot’s Lodge in Desert Hot Springs structures, volunteer programs and various revenue goals. “Cabot’s Museum is the premier cultural asset this city has to offer visitors,” said Rick Daniels, Desert Hot Springs City Manager and one of the participants. The sessions were facilitated by the firm Technology of Participation (TOP), who kept all gathered on task and will provide a formal report to the Board at a future date. All costs were absorbed by the Cabot Foundation. The sessions were divided into exercises that culminated in all the information being compiled into tasks that subgroups were then assigned to work on over the next 12 month period. “This was so important to gather this group around one table to bring about a common vision for the future of the Museum and Cabot’s dream for our community,” said Lorraine Becker, immediate past president and another member of the group. Another topic on the final day was reviewing the Miracle Hill plan for the area around Cabot’s Museum, as well as the Museum’s role within the “Sand to Snow” national monument plan being currently championed JUMP TO PAGE 21 COACHELLA VALLEY, CA – After a quick Sales Tax Receipts Comparison for the Second Quarter of 2012 to the Second Quarter of 2011, it’s apparent that business is up in the Coachella Valley with Desert Hot Springs and Indio scoring the biggest growth. DHS sales tax is up 19 percent and Indio scored the second highest in growth at 14.2 percent while Riverside County scored 9.2 percent growth with a 7.5 percent growth rate for the entire state. Desert Hot Springs is growing fast. Its business has nearly tripled the county rate and doubled the state growth rate. The 19 percent growth in taxable retail sales represents $340,448 in revenue during just the 2nd Quarter of 2012, up $54,323 from the same quarter last year. The increases were led by a 74 percent increase in business and industry, 37 percent increase in fuel, and 27 percent increase in Autos and Supplies Major Industry Groups. With the adjustment for two closed restaurants all Seven Major Industry Groups consisting of 540 retail businesses increased. The City’s Sales Tax Receipts has increased 70 percent since 2nd Quarter 2009. While that number is impressive, the per capita sales has doubled during that same time period. More people are shopping locally than ever before. The actual increase in sales tax receipts is $56,305 higher than was forecast for this quarter. The 2010-11 total of $1,025,184 for the same quarters grew by $257,423 to $1,282,606 in 2011-12 or 25 percent during last year. The growth in this last quarter puts the City on a path that could increase another 21 percent during this current fiscal year. What does this mean? The City of Desert Hot Springs continues to lead the Coachella Valley and is in the top tier of sales tax revenue growth in the fastest growing county in Southern California as a result of more retail purchases within the city. More people are spending more per person in the city. Business creation is increasing within existing businesses. The groundbreaking last week for the new Dollar General, new YK (10 room) Spa, and other pending retail announcements will only increase the economic expansion in region. The city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and public-private and regional partnerships are working,” said City Manager Rick Daniels. “It is a good day to be a business in Desert Hot Springs. There is still significant untapped purchasing power in the city,” he added. Boxer Addresses Seniors About Medicare Issue PALM SPRINGS, CA – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke to seniors at the Mizell Senior Center Friday, Oct. 12 about the need to protect Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that current and future seniors will get the health care they need. Before Medicare was enacted in 1965, the majority of seniors had no health insurance and one-third of seniors lived in poverty. Today, nearly all seniors have access to Medicare and senior citizen poverty has been cut in half. Senator Boxer talked about President Obama’s efforts to strengthen the program as well as the House Republican budget, which would turn Medicare into a voucher system that would not keep up with the rising costs of health care and leave seniors stuck paying about $6,000 a year out of their own pockets.